Originally Posted by puca
I would argue that a bigger key to the Marlins success is that they actually develop players. 2/5ths of their staff is home grown (Johnson and Olsen), and Willis was grown from a 'A' prospect. They have out drafted and developed the Reds. That is the area where the Reds should be looking to model themselves after the Marlins.
Another advantage that the Marlins had during their teardowns, is that they had a lot of players that were above average to trade that contenders wanted and would pay a decent price for. Looking at the Reds' roster, I see Dunn, Arroyo, EdE, and Harang as the only "premium" guys. It seems as though the Marlins had about 7-8 premium guys to trade.
I think the Reds waited too long to trade Freel. Other teams are going to look at his disappearing act in August as well. Unless he plays well as a full timer next year, I think he's pretty much cemented his repuation as a part timer.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!